Vardy had ‘no choice’ but to take action and ‘clear her name’
In his skeletal argument, Hugh Tomlinson, QC, on behalf of Vardy, said, “Although Ms Rooney knew that Ms Vardy was heavily pregnant, she had not given her advance notice that the Post would be published.
Instead, she chose to publicly reveal Ms Vardy as the culprit in a dramatic post made in the style of a ‘whodunnit’.
“Mrs Vardy made strenuous but unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter, but the Post was not removed.
As a result, Ms. Vardy had no choice but to take this libel action to prove her innocence and justify her reputation.
“Her reputation has been severely damaged by this false and defamatory allegation which was intended to achieve maximum impact and succeeded in its intent.
“The information allegedly leaked was, as Ms Rooney admitted at the hearing on April 29, 2022, gossip of little value.
“Nevertheless, the Post’s impact on Ms Vardy has been far from trivial. It has – as is inevitable given Ms Rooney’s public profile and the sensational nature of the accusation leveled – been republished in the national and social media to many thousands of occasions, to many millions of readers.
“Although the media, as they have their right, have made this case entertainment, from Ms Vardy’s point of view it is not entertaining.”